The municipalities of Maine can use this federal funding through the portal opened today

The Mills administration today unveiled a fiscal recovery plan to provide $ 119.2 million to the state of Maine under the 2021 Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The Local Fiscal Recovery Program is a public way for federal funds to flow to Maine to support a number of economic recovery priorities, such as addressing the economic or public health consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic, replacing lost public sector revenue, or investing in water. in sewerage և broadband infrastructure.

The Mills administration has applied to the US Treasury Department for local fiscal recovery funds, receiving $ 59.6 million for immediate disbursement, and a second tranche of equal value is expected to be disbursed in about a year. As part of the Part project, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services also launched an online portal through which Maine mayors may request federal funding.

“The American Rescue Program is making historic investments in our communities to help us get out of the epidemic, to build a stronger, brighter future for our state and our people,” said Governor Etnett Mills. “The unprecedented federal funding that we will distribute through this new program will help the cities of Maine, rebuild infrastructure, strengthen services, and make a real difference in the lives of their citizens. “I look forward to working with City officials to deploy those resources and put them to work, improving the lives and livelihoods of the people of Maine.”

“The Maine City Association is pleased that 477 eligible communities in Maine will soon be able to access their share of the federal proceeds of the US Rescue Act. In anticipation of the distribution, city officials across the state are meeting with other local, county leaders to explore opportunities to introduce this unprecedented level of federal funding, ”said Catherine Conlon, executive director of the Maine City Association. “With the right partnership, municipalities will be able to strategically invest these funds right away for community goals through programs to increase affordable housing, address climate change, improve infrastructure, and expand broadband access.” “Investments that will benefit the people of Maine for decades to come.”

“In the coming days, mayors will be invited to begin the funding process through the American Rescue Act. To that end, city officials are urged to cut back on communications from both the state and the Maine City Association to ensure that your community has access to this historic funding opportunity. With US Treasury guidelines giving municipalities only 60 days to apply for revenue, the Maine City Association strongly urges communities to start the process sooner or later, ”said Ine Ames Gardner Jr., Managing Director of the Maine City Association, Easton Town. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact these investments will have on our communities, the region and the state.” Finally, on behalf of the Maine City Association և leadership, I would like to sincerely thank Senator Collins, Senator King, Congressman Pingri, Congressman Golden, as well as Gov. et Annette Mills, for their role in making these community contributions a reality. This is a really welcome partnership. “

“Cities and towns in Maine will quickly have these resources available for immediate use on behalf of local people,” said Kirsten Figueroa, commissioner for administrative and financial services. “It simply came to our notice then. “We have created a portal that provides targeted allocations և accounting և to make the process as simple as possible for the Maine communities who are at the forefront of the day by supporting Mainers across the state.”

Local fiscal recovery funds will be provided to Maine local governments based on the relative proportion of the population of the unit without their rights, which will not exceed 75 percent of the municipality’s last budget as of January 27, 2020, according to the guideline. From the US Treasury.

The Local Fiscal Recovery Program is part of ARPA’s $ 4.5 billion federal investment in Maine, which also includes incentive payments to Maine families, rehabilitation efforts such as strengthening public health, including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, and broadband infrastructure. և direct payments to Maine County և so-called “right” cities. About $ 1 billion in ARPA funding will be used to build Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, the Mills Administration’s historic investment investment strategic priorities, such as child care, workforce housing, clean drinking water, workforce development, energy efficiency, and legacy. industries, among other priorities identified for maintaining and developing the Maine economy.